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The Dutch legend reckons that it will be a three-horse race between Brazil, Italy and Spain to claim the Confederations Cup crown...

Former Ajax and Dutch national team coach Marco van Basten has stated that he feels the 2009 Confederations Cup tournament will be a close contest, with Spain, Italy and Brazil battling it out for the title in South Africa.

The warm-up event for the World Cup began yesterday afternoon with South Africa and Iraq playing out a disappointing 0-0 draw. Then  European Champions Spain thrashed New Zealand 5-0 on Sunday  evening, and this afternoon Brazil edged Egypt 4-3 in a thriller.

Van Basten left his post at Ajax at the end of the season after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League, and he is currently in South Africa as a technical observer for FIFA.

Speaking of how he feels the event will shape up, the former AC Milan striker exclusively told Goal.com, “It’s too close to call. I really don’t know who is going to win.

"We all know who the favourites are – the two European teams [Italy and Spain] and Brazil. It is safe to say the winners will be one of them.

“I know these teams so well and I know they are all capable of beating one another on their day. It all depends who performs in the big games when they meet. I am looking forward to the competition very much.”

Paul Macdonald, Goal.com

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